Golfers raise funds for fatherhood programs at The Village

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July 2017

It was a typical summer day – hot and sunny – as 116 golfers enjoyed 18 holes of golf on the lush Shuttle Meadow golf course in Kensington, helping to raise nearly $90,000 for fatherhood programs of The Village.

The golfers then heard from two young men – both fathers – talk about how The Village helped them be better parents and carve a successful path for themselves.

“My kids didn’t come with instruction manuals, so I knew I needed help,” said Jorge, who had his first child as a teenager. He found the help he needed from The Village, and was grateful for the connection he made with Edwin Castro, family support specialist. Edwin told his own story of how he received help from The Village before he joined the team. Now, Edwin helps other young fathers connect with and provide a positive role model for their children.

“Our work is not possible without the support of so many corporations, small businesses and individuals. As families’ needs become more complex and we try and find new, effective ways to help them, it’s great to know we have such a loyal and strong base of support behind us,” said Village president Galo Rodriguez.

The golf tournament was led by a volunteer committee: Brian Reilly, chair, Andrew Baldassarre, Tom Byrne, Tom Daugherty and Larry Gavrich.

The presenting sponsor was Travelers. Gold sponsors were Cigna and KPMG; silver sponsors were Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center and Thomas Byrne Associates.

Jorge and Edwin shared how programs at The Village helped them at The Village’s Foursomes for Fatherhood golf tournament in June at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. Several sponsors and 116 golfers helped raise nearly $90,000 for parenting and family support programs of The Village. Also pictured are Galo Rodriguez, The Village president & CEO and Brian Reilly, The Village board member and event chair.

About The Village
For more than 200 years, The Village has been working to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. It fulfills this mission by providing a full range of children’s behavioral health treatment, foster care and adoption, and community support services for children and their families in the Greater Hartford region. For more information, visit